Connecting Our CityThe West Louisville FoodPort is poised to become one of the most transformative urban reinvestment projects of the decade. On a 24-acre campus at 30th and West Market Streets in West Louisville, the FoodPort will locate food-related businesses in one place where they can buy food from local farmers and hire neighbors for jobs. Designed by world-renowned architecture firm OMA, the FoodPort will unite Louisville with a state-of-the-art landmark that spurs economic activity in a historic, but under-invested section of our city. The entire project invests over $31 million into the community.
The West Louisville FoodPort project operates on core values articulated by the project team and the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council: transparency, honesty, inclusiveness, collaboration and sustainability.A rendering of the potential site, at 3029 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. Image © OMA
Serving Our CommunityThe FoodPort is good for farmers, businesses, and the greater Louisville community.
- Tenants will include farmers, educator, distributors, food processors, startups, and retailers.
- Businesses and individuals can buy more local food – and regional farmers can sell more of what they grow – in one place.
- The FoodPort will bring over 300 jobs and is committed to filling as many of those jobs as possible with people from West Louisville.
- The FoodPort will provide space for classes on cooking, nutrition and gardening, both indoors and at its 2-acre demonstration farm.
- The site and two large public plazas will include walking paths, play spaces, and public space for gatherings, public markets, concerts and other events.
- Investments in sustainability will include solar power, geothermal energy, and using rainwater for irrigation and water needs.
- Retail spaces will be rented to stores selling food for workers, neighbors, and others attracted to the site.
- Increased presence of employees, neighbors, and visitors will bring restaurants and food markets to life on the busy Market Street corridor.
Join us!The FoodPort is being developed by Seed Capital KY, a non-profit organization, in partnership with Louisville Metro, the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council, and for-profit and non-profit partners. We would love to have you join this effort.
- Fund the FoodPort. We are looking for grant funding, investment, and loans.
- Locate your business at the FoodPort. You’ll have access to space in a state-of-the-art building, shared resources, and a positive, bustling community.
- Come to community events, and spread the word. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for details, and reach out to us with ideas at info [at] seedcapitalky.org.